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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

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This week I step out of a vehicle I loved into one of the top-selling SUVs on the market, and a vehicle that has already won a bunch of awards despite just recently going on sale. That vehicle is, of course, the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe. My tester is the “Sport” model, which is equipped with the 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder direct injected gasoline engine.

Also standard on the 2.0T SE Santa Fe Sport is all-wheel drive, something most SUV/crossover shoppers are looking for. The all-wheel-drive system in the Santa Fe also features a manual lock override that forces the system to stay in a 50/50 torque split; more on that later in the week.

Day by Day Review: 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport car test drives hyundai daily car reviews
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Drive is provided by a standard six-speed automatic transmission that offers a manual mode for added control. For most consumers, the real meat is in standard features that coddle the driver and passengers, and the Santa Fe Sport has those in spades.

Standard equipment includes black leather seating, heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel (which works wonderfully, by the way), dual-zone climate control, a rear-view camera, panoramic sunroof, Bluetooth, and more.

On the outside, 19-inch wheels, a front windshield wiper de-icer, twin-tip chrome exhausts and side mirror–mounted turn signal indicators finish off the Santa Fe’s aggressive looks nicely.

MSRP as tested (including destination): $37,059

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About James Bergeron

James Bergeron is an Ottawa-based automotive journalist. James holds a national FIA race license and actively races and stewards at race events.